Nadal out of ATP Finals, awaits ankle surgery

Doug Mendoza
November 7, 2018

MADRID, Nov 6Rafael Nadal confirmed yesterday he will miss the ATP Finals in London this month and that his season is over due to injury. I have done everything possible to reach the end of the season in full fitness, both for Paris and London; I really wanted to play.

The Serb is back on the top of the pile for the first time in two years, at the end of a roller-coaster season for the 14-time major victor. Unlike any other tour tournament, the ATP Finals has a round robin stage with the top two players of each group getting a spot in the semifinals.

"Since the problem in my abdominal muscle also prevents me from playing in London, we have made a decision to take advantage of the moment. and avoid future problems".

Novak Djokovic is back at No. 1 in the ATP rankings after a two-year absence - and the first man in almost two decades to rise to the top spot after being outside the top 20 in the same season.

French Open champion Nadal announced that an abdominal muscle problem, which prevented him from playing in the Paris Masters last week, and an ankle surgery had forced him to pull out of the season-ending event.

"It is true that we had detected it for a long time and from time to time it bothered me. Five months ago, if you told me that ... it was highly improbable at that time, considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court".

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"As such, I hope to be in good condition for next season".

Furthermore, Djokovic enjoys a lifetime 25-22 record over Federer and 27-25 against Nadal.

John Isner has had the best season of his career, winning his first Masters title in Miami, making the Wimbledon semi-finals and qualifying for the first time here in London.

Boris Becker believes the draw for the ATP Finals gives Roger Federer a big advantage over Novak Djokovic in next week's tournament in London.

The left-hander excels on the dirt and has won a staggering 11 French Open titles.

Djokovic has also not been afraid to take chances and innovate his game, bringing in Boris Becker as part of his coaching team for the start of the 2014 season, although he has since reunited with long-time mentor Marian Vajda.

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